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Stylish Golden Safari First Birthday Party

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This incredibly stylish Golden Safari First Birthday Party goes to show that a can of gold spray paint can go a long way in transforming a party! Jenny Raulli from Bloom Designs styled & DIYed so many beautiful details to create a party that not only her nephew, the birthday boy, would love, but that would match her fashionista sister’s great taste. I am loving how this party manages to be tasteful, elegant, AND still fun for the little ones. Thanks for the great inspiration, Jenny! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lion topped chocolate Oreos & elephant topped cupcakes + Golden ‘One’ cake, crown & centerpiece
  • Gold painted giraffe eraser drink stirrers & plastic jungle animals + gold glitter cheesecake shots & macarons
  • Adorable cheetah print topped milk bottles with gold giraffe silhouettes & cheetah print letter cookies
  • Wooden berry basket lunches, ‘Feeding Time’ snacks table & wooden ‘1’ sandwich container
  • Pin the Tail on the Giraffe game, 21st birthday advice cards & animal cracker party favors

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white and gold animal print and giraffe silhouette milk bottles

golden first birthday high chair and banner

first birthday party entrance and memory cards

burlap door wreath and safari party invitations

gold glitter first birthday felt crown

gold giraffe drink stirrers and drinks table

pin the tail on the giraffe party game

feeding time food and snacks table

wooden one lunch sandwiches container

jungle animals party tablescape and Oreos

elephant party decor and cupcakes

gold glitter desserts table

DIY golden painted safari animal toys

animal cracker safari party favors


PARTY DETAILS as told by Jenny

I was so excited to style this party for my nephew’s first birthday. My sister is a fashion blogger and she has such a great sense of class and style. I really wanted this party to reflect her tastes. We settled on a neutral, gold and white color scheme and decided to use silhouettes on the printables and for the decorations for a safari first birthday theme. We spray painted dozens of plastic animals gold and placed them along with hydrangeas down the center of the table. Gold chargers, a burlap runner and white paper plates embellished with gold giraffe silhouettes completed the table.

At “feeding time” guest made their way to the lunch table. Adults grazed on salads, sandwiches and fruit and individual berry baskets had food for the children. Everyone grabbed safari soda, sparkling water or wine, all of which had custom labels at the “watering hole.” We spray painted giraffe erasers gold and attached them to the top of plastic sticks to make drink stirrers.

After lunch, dessert was served. On the center of the table was a simple six layer chocolate cake with a glittered “one.” All the rest of the desserts, including cheesecake shots, white chocolate covered popcorn, macarons, and tiger trifles in rippled kraft cups, matched the color scheme. Chocolate covered Oreos and vanilla cupcakes were decorated with fondant toppers which had elephant and lion silhouettes. Beautiful sugar cookies that matched the invitation and others in a cheetah print that spelled ‘Hudson’ completed the table. Tassel garland decorated the front of the table and a happy birthday sign served as the backdrop. The kids played pin the tail on the giraffe and loved watching Hudson eat his smash cake.

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By |2017-02-20T18:12:13-07:00April 1st, 2014|First Birthday, Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

Hi, I’m Dayna, the newest team member here at Hostess with the Mostess, where, as the Editorial & Design Assistant, I have been introduced to this amazing world of events for the first time. I’ve absolutely loved meeting and getting to know all of you and seeing the amazing work you guys do! Here are a few fun facts to get to know me a bit better…

– I love to cook and bake, the more chocolate the better!

– I’m a certified animal lover and can’t wait to get my own pup soon

– I am a huge typography geek

– I’m one of those lucky people that gets to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah :)

I’m so thrilled to continue to learn more about this industry and meet more of you! Check out my Party of 5 post every Friday for a fun mix of my favorite creative party albums from our social site!


  1. Lisa Luebe April 2, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Absolute party perfection!

  2. @bloomjennyraull April 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Excited to have our Safari party on @HWTM_Jenn today
    http://www.hwtm.com/2014/04/gold-safari-first-birthday/ Please check it out

  3. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle April 3, 2014 at 5:08 am


  4. Gianny Ramon April 5, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Where can I find the wooden one stand, (holding the sandwiches?)

    • bloomdesignsonline April 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      It’s actually a metal stand I found at Home Goods and spray painted

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  6. Carol G. April 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Where did you find the golden giraffes tops (drink stirs) that are in the drinks?

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  8. guest July 24, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Is the cake a 6 inch or 8 inch?

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  10. Diana October 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I love the spray-painted gold animal figurines! Can I ask where you bought them from?

  11. Jessica Navarro December 2, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Where can Ifind the wodden #1 stand that you used to hold sandwhiches?

  12. BP April 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    This is a gorgeous party! Can you tell me how the birthday boy’s crown was made (or where you got it, if it wasn’t a DIY)? Thank you!

  13. Leta Hilliard June 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Where did you find the cute paper bags to fill with snacks?!

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